Opens the envelope
Looks up and says “Annnd the Oscar goes to…”
Cast or star of the movie stands up and starts to approach the stage with their elegant gowns and suits. They wear one more thing that no one can put through make-up , a very big smile with bright eyes.
It is the scene we all watch and every person in movie industry dream. Holding that golden little man is the biggest moment one can share and mark his or her value.
However, there is a big question that we are asking for years; what makes a movie worth to be rewarded? What is the main difference between that movie and the other one nominated yet wasn’t that special?
For me the main difference is highly social and political. White male and female character dancing on top of Hollywood hills with their big smile is one of the most desired scenery people wants to watch. It is overrated but also not that much overrated. Director claims it is the typical romance we all wish for.
I am true cinema lover. Therefore, I not only watch these movie but also other movies that include social messages. Once I saw Moonlight’s poster at the schedule of Istanbul Independent Movie Festival, I asked my cousin how was it. She told me it is overrated but in a good way. Ok! We have a big dilemma here! What makes a movie overrated? I watched both Moonlight and La La Land. Yet, Moonlight was a major production reflecting everyday problems taking place in American society. A young black guy being punished without doing nothing or everything social justice doesn’t approve anyway. So there is no need to talk about it. Every character had problems in that movie representing big social and political injustice people are living in.
On the other hand, we have this other movie showing racial and sexist approach towards black women. What makes a person intellectually incapable of doing what she likes. Kirsten Dust’s character is the scapegoat showing how your race makes you a target. Putting her aside, Jim Parsons is another mean marking male dominancy. Different from Sheldon Cooper character he is best known for, he is playing this very ambitious and cruel guy if it is necessary. However, every movie has its turning points that either glorifies or degrades the story.
For me, both Moonlight and Hidden Figures are perfect examples of what movies should reflect. There are new generations being raised and watching these movies. Of course romantic movies are also essential sometimes, but issues we are still facing like inequality must be shown with these people who are walking on red carpet with their perfect smile and make-up.
Happiness is a socially constructed parameter we are producing. There are many stories we haven’t seen or read. Many women and men are hidden in history waiting there to show us creating something beautiful takes time and effort. For that reason, listening other side of the history is a great opportunity to be part of empowering change and passing it to others. 🙂